Category Archives: Projects
Revisiting some of the crafty projects and tutorials I’ve posted and thought I would share them all in one place. Would love to hear which one is your favourite, or if you have tried any using my tutorials it would be great to hear from you!
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My Dads latest project…
It started while he was flicking through the Next ‘Home’ catalogue and saw something similar in the background on one of the furniture pages and said “I want to do that…”
And here it is! After doing some research we found out that the best type of wood to use was Cedar, as it is decay-resistant, good quality and very strong. (Did you know certain types of cedar wood is often used for outdoor construction such as log cabins, furniture, guitar making and even ship building?)
Once a supplier of the logs was sourced, my Dad was lucky enough to request the logs ready sliced to his requirements. He coated each log in a special oil which gave them a nice rich colour, then mounted them onto a long wooden board that he had painted earlier, and stuck each log down using a glue gun.
We found that it would have been difficult to mount the logs onto a square shaped background as the logs didn’t quite line up perfectly.
This decorative feature looks stunning and would make an eye catching piece in any room. You could even fill a whole wall with log slices and stick them directly onto a wall.
I used the left over logs to make some rustic wooden plinths for displaying my vases on. I decided to leave them bare with no oil to keep the natural look. They look great and I can’t wait to try them out at my first autumn craft fair of the year this weekend!
If you look closely at the border along the lawn in this picture, you should see lots of shiny circular objects all lined up in a row…
The circles are in fact empty wine bottles that have been pushed into the ground to create a recycled decorative and quirky garden border.
This is one of my Dad’s latest ideas and I took these photos in his garden last week when all we had was rain, rain and more rain.
The bottles look great in the sunshine with the light reflecting off the glass. Although it took a while for the bottles to build up, this is a fun and easy project to brighten up your garden this summer!
I had to share my new hazel twig fence with you! I love it! It was so much fun, especially collecting the branches from the woods. My dad had made a fence in his garden and as soon as I saw it I had to make one too. The fences aren’t very practical, just ornamental and decorative, they add a really nice rustic look to your garden.
First we had to locate some hazelnut trees. In woodland areas you would probably be surprised at how many there are scattered all over. They are easy to spot – tall thin vertical branches with the odd leaves growing here and there. Make sure you take a little saw or some secateurs to cut the branches down – they are very strong!
If you can find any thicker branches these are good to use for the posts.
Pull off the leaves and cut off any jagged bits so that you are left with a pile of straight, clean wooden sticks. Begin by cutting the posts to size, taking into consideration the height you want your fence to be, and also plenty extra for the posts to be positioned in the ground. My fence was about 30cm high and I left about 15cm for the posts to go in the ground, so each post was 45cm tall.
Hammer the posts into the ground first. Depending on how hard or soft the ground is, they may be able to push in. The further down in the ground the posts are, the stronger the fence will be. The rest is easy and takes no time at all! Weave the hazel branches in and out of the posts. They are so strong that they stay in place by themselves. Once you’ve reached the top of the posts and are happy with the amount of branches, cut off any excess at the ends and use cable ties to tighten any areas that are a bit loose. I only had white cable ties but you can hardly notice them as they have been coloured in with black pen!
If you want to continue the fence at an angle, start again with more posts. Effective isn’t it?
Below are some other creative ideas I found using twigs and sticks. I will no doubt be trying all of these too!
3. Twig Frame
And look at this!! Hazel branch walls made in the same way. Amazing!
I used the rest of the pebbles to decorate the borders of some flat clipped photo frames, which will look lovely when I print off the perfect photos to go inside them. I’ll be sending one of the frames down to my friend in Plymouth with a photo of us and 2 other friends from when we were at the seaside, as a thank you for letting us stay. I hope she’ll love it!
I love decorative bunting and hanging garlands, wherever I see them hanging they always cheer me up! Bunting is great for decorating parties, weddings, the garden, and even any room of the house all year round. (Have you seen my ceramic bunting and hanging decorations? )
You don’t need to be a whiz on a sewing machine, or even pick up one single sewing needle to create your own decorative paper bunting. I made this simple neutral bunting by using a cut-out template from a cereal box to cut a range of different patterned and textured papers into flags. Some of which were from magazines.
You will need:
- Flour & Water
- Cardboard (i.e. cereal box)
- Toilet Roll Tubes
- Crepe/Tissue Paper
- Strong Glue
- Marker Pen
- Coloured Paints
- Foil Tube
Mix a small amount of flour with water to form a watery glue paste. Cut strips of newspaper ready to be applied to the balloon. Blow up a balloon, and begin by dipping a newspaper strip into the paste so that it is completely covered, and smooth over the surface of the balloon using the paper-mâché technique. Continue until the balloon is completely covered, making sure each strip is overlapped slightly. Hang the balloon up to dry overnight with a piece of string. Cover the balloon in another layer the next day, placing each strip in the opposite direction to the initial layer. Allow to dry again overnight.
Cut some lengths of crepe or tissue paper (we used crepe paper as it’s a lot stronger than tissue), and cut some tassels along one side. Begin to attach the strips onto the body, using cello-tape to secure. We found it a lot easier for one person to hold the strips in place while the other sticks the cello-tape.
Continue to layer up the strips of paper in different colours. When you reach the top you will come to a big bald patch – cut one large oval of the next colour with tassels around the edge, and layer up different coloured ovals on top.
Add some zig-zag lines around the legs, or any other pattern you choose to jazz them up a bit! Make a tail using some thin card to form a cone shape, cover in crepe paper and decorate. Attach some tassel strips to the top of the tail.
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